The shortlist of eleven for the 2009 Gregory O'Donoghue International Poetry Competition has just been announced on the website. My name is not on it. I'm not surprised when I see some of the names of published and well known Irish poets on it including John F Deane, Siobhan Campbell, Maureen Gallagher, Pete Mullineaux and Patrick Deeley.
I heard John F Deane read at the Patrick Kavanagh weekend last year and Pete Mullineaux was the judge at the 2009 Boyle Poetry Competition who commended my poem and read at the festival.
The prizewinners have been informed and will be announced at the Spring Literary Festival in Cork.
Now to pick some poems to enter the Strokestown Poetry Competitions.